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Sen. Gillibrand announces MODERN WIC Act

Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Roger Marshall introduced the MODERN WIC Act which will extend accessibly to families in need of the program.
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Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 6:14 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- On Tuesday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced a bill to make Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs more accessible to those who need and use them.

″At the height of the pandemic, 1 in 5 parents did not have enough money to feed their families. No one should be going hungry,” said Gillibrand.

Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Roger Marshall introduced the MODERN WIC Act which will extend accessibly to families in need of the program.

″The last thing we want for is parents to be forced to drop out of the program or not join at all simply because they don’t have the time of the means to get to a WIC office,” said Gillibrand. “Between February 2020 and February 2021 WIC participation decreased in every state where participants couldn’t load their benefits.”

To do this, Gillibrand said two waivers are being used to allow participants to access the program in more efficient ways.

“The first waiver allows participants to get certified or re-certified for WIC benefits through a phone or video call. The second waiver allows participants to receive their WIC benefits on WIC EBT cards remotely or through the mail so that they wouldn’t have to go physically to pickup or reload their benefits in person or at a WIC office,” she said.

The Bill will also provide $60 million in funding for WIC offices to upgrade and add technology for these changes.

“These are changes that will help WIC keep pace with the lives of the families that rely on it and ensure that no one is kept from participation because of outdated rules and regulations,” said Gillibrand. “Something as necessary as nutrition support should not needlessly be difficult to access, and something as simple as loading a WIC EBT card should never be a roadblock that keeps families from putting food on the table.”

For more information on WIC benefits, follow this link here.

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